Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Sydney Exhibition Centre, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Sydney, New South Wales
Date Started: September 16, 2000
Date Finished: September 30, 2000
Format: Single elimination tournament.
|Bronze:|| Vitalie GruÅac
The two dominant fighters in this class in the 1990s had been Cuba's [Juan HernÃ¡ndez] and Russia's [Oleg Saitov], the defending gold medalist. HernÃ¡ndez was in Sydney but had moved up to the light-middleweight division, leaving this class open for Saitov, who was 1997 World Champion and 1998 European Champion. After a bye in round one, he had an easy bout and then faced Azerbaijan's [Ruslan Xeyirov] in the quarter-finals. The bout was tied on effective punches, 10-10, but Saitov won the tiebreaker, 55-47. He won his next two bouts by comfortable decisions to repeat as gold medalist. He would return in 2004 and win a third Olympic medal, a bronze. Saitov won the 2004 European title and then retired, never turning professional. HernÃ¡ndez lost in the quarter-finals in Sydney in the light-middleweights.
|9T||Dante Craig||22||United States||USA|
|9T||Yovanny Lorenzo||19||Dominican Republic||DOM|
|17T||Bae Jin-Seok||21||South Korea||KOR|
|17T||Geard AjetoviÄ||19||Serbia and Montenegro||SCG|
|17T||RubÃ©n FuchÃº||22||Puerto Rico||PUR|